Heated argument turns into a house fire

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - A family dispute in Hattiesburg turned ugly Wednesday morning and caused an argument to be more than heated.

Hattiesburg Police Officer, Lt. Jon Traxler said, "Officers did locate the owners of the residence who advised that one of the family members had just set fire to the residence. The officer gave out the description to responding units. One officer was able to spot the suspect on McKinnis Loop and took custody of Mikel Merritt and he was transported by officers to the Hattiesburg Police Department where he was interviewed by detectives and after that interview he was subsequently charged with arson."

Traxler said no one was hurt.

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